About The Gray Center

 

Our Mission:

The Gray Center cultivates the strengths of individuals with autism and those who interact with them, and globally promotes social understanding.

Our Vision:

To assist all individuals in the shared challenge of building and maintaining effective social connections.

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The Gray Center For Social Learning and Understanding is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We approach the social impairment in ASD as a shared impairment. We work to improve social understanding on both sides of the social interaction, helping both persons with ASD and those who interact with them to be able to communicate more effectively.

Social Understanding approaches assume that to teach “appropriate social responses” to a student with ASD could hold little meaning if others do not understand the student’s perspective, or the student does not understand what is occurring around him, and why.

The first step to teaching social skills is to ensure, beyond all assumptions, that communication between typical people and people with ASD is clear and meaningful, and that all people involved have accurate and specific social information.

The Gray Center began in 1998. We are continuing to grow and change so that we can be a helpful resource to parents, professionals, and those with ASD.  We have a variety of programs and resources available to promote social understanding, and to provide information and support to those who need it.

We recognize and appreciate the fact that dedicated parents, family members, school staff, physicians, employers, individuals with ASD, and others are working around the world to promote social understanding.

Our Board of Directors include professionals, parents and other individuals interested in autism spectrum disorders.

The Gray Center is Unique

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that one in 91 people are now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

There are numerous organizations focusing on ASD. Some are researching a cause. Others are hoping to find a “cure.” Still more are providing helpful therapy or resources needed to meet the various sensory, motor skills, diet, and communication needs faced by individuals with ASD.

The Gray Center has a unique focus. We believe that “Social” is a two-way street. Although individuals with ASD are characterized by differences in their abilities in the areas of “social understanding” and “social communication,” their differences would not be noticeable if we did not impose social and communication demands on them. We as parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, therapists, social workers, peers, and employers, are both “part of the problem,” and “part of the solution.”

Donations and Other Contributions

Donations to The Gray Center are tax-deductible, and will help to provide information and support to benefit those with autism spectrum disorders. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can mail it to us, or send it to us safely and securely using the link on this site.

Your contributions, whether through financial support, the gift of autism-related materials for our resource library, or through acts of service that you are doing to promote social understanding, are greatly appreciated. The Gray Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible as permissable by law.

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We thank you for your support!

Resources

We believe that one way to meet the needs of those working to promote social understanding around the world is to provide valuable resources to help them in their work. We have numerous resources available in our bookstore and library.

making_dvdWe have also produced resources which benefit parents, professionals, and individuals with ASD. These include resources (books and DVDs) by the following authors:

Special thanks to the presenters, as well as Jake Bosmeijer and our friends at Calvin College, and Steve Falvo (SOCIAL INCITES, LLC), for making these resources possible!